Essentially, all of these political games, starting with the Clinton pull out, have turned the protest into a dumb fight over politics and absolutely nothing substantial against Ahmadenijad. Interestingly, in the short-term this will probably reflect poorly on the Democratic Party and Obama, but will not have a long-term effect on Clinton herself; as [Serach's uncle] David Luchins notes in an interesting piece in the Forward (via Gil), Jewish voters tend to reward those with records of votes in our favor. Clinton has enough of those to woo back any supporters she's losing should she run for President in 2012 should she wish to do so. This means that Clinton could have effectively skewered Obama while avoiding any appearances with Sarah Palin.
And we all know that that's something she wants...
(I meant to use the last post on this subject to put this up, but forgot. Thanks to SuperRaizy for posting it and reminding me. This is the Saturday Night Live skit starring Tina Fey as Sarah Palin doing a press conference with Hillary Clinton. SNL's funniest stuff tends to be their political skits, no matter what your views are.)
Oh, and a great line about the issue that I read:
Obama wants to meet unconditionally with Ahmadinejad, but the Democrats won't attend a rally with Sarah Palin. Now they understand how a public meeting can legitimize their adversary.